I just rewatched "The Same Old Story," and it brought back a feeling I had found myself experiencing numerous times while watching Season 1 for the first time:
"Enough with the blue flashes, already!!!"
Okay, I get that they use the blue flashes as a way of telling us to pay attention because the events we're seeing tie in with the overall arc in an important way, or something like that. But do they have to use the blue flashes over and over and over and over and over and over and over again? How many times a minute do we need to see the blue flashes before we "get it"? I don't know about everyone else, but a dozen blue flashes within less than a minute seems... excessive, to the point of being downright annoying. And I remember how downright annoyed I was when I was watching Season 1 for the first time.
And they don't even use the blue flashes where I think they should. For example, we see a dozen blue flashes in the motel scene, and then some more in the car when the rapid-aging guy is driving the girl to the hospital. Why do we need to see them in the car? Is that scene really so important? But then when Olivia falls asleep and has a dream while waiting for Nina Sharp at Massive Dynamic, there is no blue flash-- even though her dream was sort of precognitive, in the sense that she saw herself staring to go through a rapid pregnancy. If ever there was a scene crying out for a blue flash, that was one.
Okay, I'll calm down now!
My favorite part of the episode was at the end, where Peter sang "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" to help Walter fall asleep.